Wacky Sports

Years and years ago, when my cute husband and I had oodles of kid-free leisure time, we decided to take some swing dancing classes.  At the time, I worked in a building near Astor Place in Manhattan, and when I looked into  lessons, I was surprised to learn that there was a place in the same building.  Clearly, it was meant to be.  So one day after work we rode the elevator up.  We were amazed.  There were hundreds of people dancing like maniacs to very loud music, and I’d never been aware of any of them.

I love stumbling on these little subcultures.  Go to a history museum on a re-enactment day and you’ll find people who spend hours sewing their authentic-looking clothes, or click a stray link on a website and you’ll read a passionate discussion about something–like, say, elimination communication— that you’ve never thought about for more than one minute.  It can be a little bit intimidating to encounter these groups, but their enthusiasm is frequently quite contagious.  They love what they’re doing, and they’re pretty sure you’d love it, too, if you gave it a try.

So if you’ve got little kids and you’re just looking to watch something, or if you’ve got a teenager who has no interest in being on any of  their high school teams, here are some local wacky sports that you might want to know about.

Anybody know about some other ones?  Anybody ever tried these out?

Oh, and by the way, we’ve still got about four or five good swing dance moves to break out at weddings.  Maybe we’ll acquire a few more in ten or twelve years.

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